Please note - this is only the booklet for this release- to download the entire 87 track album please follow the link below.
"Two Minutes Left"
A compilation of tracks all exactly two minutes long, and all using microphones somewhere in the process....
Please see the PDF booklet which comes with the download for full details and further information on all the tracks.
These 87 tracks were all sent to me in response to a call for works issued on the Linear Obsessional blog.
My two rules were that the works had to be exactly two minutes long, and that at some point in the recording process a microphone should have been used - in other words, before the sounds presented here reach your ears they have, in some way, travelled through air.
The reasons for these rules were rather prosaic - two minutes to keep the collection short (that was before I realised it was going to have 87 tracks!) and it's a discipline I enjoy- see the earlier compilation of remixes "Button Box". The insistence on using a microphone was to discourage completely electronic works, and to bring in some domestic elements- to give the recordings a sense of place.
The results, as you can hear are as diverse as it's possible to imagine- from full, immaculately produced studio works to hissy smartphone recordings- and throughout there are things to remind you that you're listening to real people in real places - birdsong, pets, breathing, conversation, and the location recordings run from the electrobabble of a Shanghai cab ride to the near silence of night on the Argentinian Pampas, to the sounds of the pub or a football match. In between are some gloriously recorded musical vignettes by some of the most extraordinary musicians around.
I really am delighted with this compilation, it seems to me to be ultimately a celebration of being human, and a celebration of friendship and collaboration. There are some people on here I've known since pre-school days, others I've only got to know via social media, some are people I've played music with for decades, others are my neighbours.
There's a lot to listen to - choose your own way of doing it - all in one go, or dipping in, from one end to the other, or on shuffle play, but if you like something, I suggest you do an internet search, look up the artists and see what else they have to offer. You won't be disappointed.
-Richard Sanderson 23/12/2014
released 24 December 2014
Compiled and Sequenced by Richard Sanderson, December 2014.